For the third year in a row, the trade publication Site Selection has named Sioux City as the small-size metro area with the most economic development projects.
Sioux City had 26 new or expanded corporate facilities in the category for metros with populations between 50,000 and 200,000 in 2017. That doubled up double the three metros who tied for second place with 13 qualifying projects — Owensboro, Kentucky, Bowling Green, Kentucky, and Gainesville, Georgia. Read the full article here: Sioux City Journal
We recently started Foodie Friday’s in our Sioux City office. This month Skip Perley, President/CEO, Barney Pottebaum, General Manager of Thompson Electric Sioux City, Jason Glover, General Manager of Thompson Automation and Specialty Services and Tasha Barker, General Manager of Electric Innovations created a St. Patrick’s lunch that included corned beef, cabbage, potatoes and a meatless stew.
Each month volunteers will work together to plan, prep and cook a meal for at least 60 people. This gives everyone the opportunity to get to know each other, work together and have fun!
This was the first of many Foodie Friday’s, it was a great celebration of 5 years in our awesome location. This start of a new tradition will bring all of the companies together for an amazing meal. It also brings excitement for what the future has in store for all of the companies.
We are excited for the next Foodie Friday!
The inaugural fleX Class of 2017 have become graduates after 9 months of study. During this time these individuals learned all aspects of business, leadership skills, and project management techniques while working in real life situations. They encountered real life scenario’s set up to help them understand and learn firsthand about how to work and negotiate with a variety of people.
These graduates included Nick Hoffman, Dillan Malloy, Brice Sayler and Tyler Walsh. The graduation included the instructors from the year and the graduate’s families.
The fleX Program started on September 8th and ended on May 18th, 2017, and Graduation Day ended with a celebratory dinner and award ceremony. Congratulations to the graduates of 2017.
Services Unlimited joins company to form Thompson Automation and Specialty Services
SIOUX CITY, IA – March 6, 2017 – TEC-Corp., the parent company of Thompson Electric has acquired the assets of Service Unlimited Inc. of Ireton Iowa, an industrial controls and automation company. The purchase allows Thompson Electric to deliver innovative controls and automation process solutions to customers throughout the Midwest. Industries such as agriculture, water/waste water treatment, food processing, oil and gas, light and heavy manufacturing, utility production and distribution and more. The acquisition also marks the creation of Thompson Automation and Specialty Services. A new company to meet the needs to customers requiring support solutions beyond those of traditional electrical contractors.
“Our strategic investment in the purchase of Services Unlimited represents a significant strengthening of our technical capabilities and portfolio of solutions to offer customers,” said Skip Perley CEO of Thompson Electric parent company TEC-Corp. Skip continued; “Mel and the team at Services Unlimited bring to Thompson Electric more than 30-years of expertise in automation and a true commitment to customers’ satisfaction. We look forward to their joining our team at Thompson Automation and Specialty Services.”
“We are excited to join Thompson Automation and Specialty Service to create a regional leader in the automation and controls process market. We will continue to deliver the high-quality solutions that our loyal customer base has come to expect,” said Mel Schwiesow, Services Unlimited founder and President. “This creates the best combination available to help customers uncover the benefits of process controls that drive production efficiencies.”
Thompson Automation and Specialty Services now adds process control and automaton to its list of available solutions. Previous offerings included Arc Flash Risk Assessments, Infrared Thermal Imaging, Electrical Preventative Maintenance, large scale LED Lighting Retro-fitting, and Solar and Wind Energy Generation. “Thompson Electric has earned customers trust and loyalty for nearly 85-years by providing innovative solutions to meet customers’ unique needs,” said Jason Glover, General Manager of Thompson Automation and Specialty Services. “The addition of solutions in the area of controls and automation only strengthens our ability to meet current and new customer’s needs.”
Specific controls and automation solutions now provided by Thompson Automation and Specialty Services include:
- System Design and Engineering
- Custom Software Programming
- UL Certified Customer Control Panel Fabrication
- Equipment Installation and Commissioning
- Instrumentation Installation, Set-up & Calibration
- Hardware and Programing Maintenance Service
About Thompson Electric Company
Thompson Electric is a premier Midwest electrical contractor since 1933 that services the commercial, industrial, healthcare, education, government, low voltage and residential industries. Thompson Electric is a forward thinking innovative leader in the industry with the ability to revolutionize its business model. We utilize technology in every aspect of our business from estimating, arc flash risk assessment, infrared thermal imaging, 3D, Cad, BIM/Revit, electrical preventive maintenance (EPM), Solar, Automation and Controls, design build, prefabrication to project management and field supervision. To support our regional growth, the company maintains permanent offices in Sioux City, Omaha, Sioux Falls.
Tasha Barker was recognized in the President’s Report 2016 for WITCC as the WITCC
co-Alumni of the Year. Tasha is the General Manager of Electric Innovations, part of the Thompson Electric family.
A 1993 graduate of East High, Tasha Barker began working at Gateway Computers advancing up through customer service, sales, finance, manufacturing, global products and finally the Gateway Country Stores until 1999. She then devoted two years to Christian ministry and working at Belle of Sioux City. While working full time and raising her son, Barker began her non-traditional, post-secondary education at WITCC in 2002.
“I had enrolled to be a part of the inaugural Online Certificate of Nursing Program. Upon completion of my LPN exam, I proceeded into the Associates Degree of Nursing Program. It was a very proud moment for all of my family, as I was the first person in my family to obtain a college diploma.” said Barker.
Her experience and advanced education allowed her to move up in her career with the casino. She spent the next six years as the Compliance and Regulatory Manager for The Argosy Casino during which time she continued her education through the WITCC extension program with Bellevue University. She completed her BS in Healthcare Management and is working to complete her MBA program there as well.
During her time at the casino, Barker says she was fortunate to have worked with many non-profit organizations and had the pleasure of joining the Foundation Board at WITCC in 2012. While on this board, she was introduced to the President and CEO of TEC Corp, Skip Perley. In 2013, she made a career decision and accepted a position to work with Skip Perley at Electric Innovations.
“Today I serve as the General Manager for Electric Innovations. I am currently the President of the Foundation Board at WITCC. I am a board member for the Foundation at Unity Point and am a long-standing Community Impact Volunteer for the United Way of Siouxland. I am the proud mother of two boys. My oldest son is a busy young man who lives and works in Sioux City, while my youngest son is at home with me in Dakota Dunes, South Dakota. My personal interests include anything that involves family, friends and lots of laughter,” said Barker.
Congratulations to Tasha for being recognized by WITCC.
The 2016 NECA Convention and Tradeshow was held last week in Boston, MA. NECA (National Electrical Contractors Association) or the voice of the electrical industry, is an organization that Thompson Electric has been an active member of for several decades.
Each year NECA has a convention and tradeshow where electrical vendors have the opportunity to introduce and demonstrate new technology and products. It’s a great opportunity for electrical contractor, such as Thompson Electric, to have discussions with vendors and suppliers on these new products and to also establish new relationships with different suppliers.
This year Skip Perley and Barney Pottebaum attended the convention and tradeshow. During the show there are many learning opportunities and guest speaker sessions to attend. Skip and Barney both attended many sessions that focused on customer services and the changing needs of customers and how today’s technology has an impact on their business. Another session that was informative was the leadership skills and how to develop and implement this training, these were just a couple of the many meetings they attended.
After the convention is over, we have discussions on what was learned from the convention and how to implement the best practices learned into everyday business.
This past week Gene McNaughton of Elite Consulting was brought in as a sales consultant for Thompson Electric, Thompson Specialty Services and Electric Innovations. For over 25 years, Gene has passionately pursued the answers to questions like, “What difference does your difference make?”
The day-long session provided several ways to improve the way you communicate with new and existing clients. From the tone of your voice to the knowledge you have about a product or situation. Knowledge is power and the way you communicate this knowledge to your client is critical. Overall, the training session was very beneficial from helping give the inexperienced person keys on being successful in sales, to giving the experienced person a reminder on best sales practices.
At the end of the day, we all had the opportunity to use what we learned to break a 12” x 12” x 1” board in half by focusing and concentrating on the task at hand. Everybody used this information and broke their board. Many also used the board to symbolically “break through” to a new approach, energy, or even a personal goal.
In order to fulfill our pillar of “Employee Engagement and Excellence” we know we must continually provide opportunity to learn and grow. Last Wednesday, we did both and had a great time doing it.